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By Holly Claytor

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner is a vibrant and poignant novel about the power of friendship. Daphne, a plus-sized Instagram model, has made great strides in boosting her self-confidence after a life of insecurity. She's built an online presence that she loves. But when her ex-best friend from high school, Drue Cavanaugh, walks back into her life asking Daphne to stand as her maid-of-honor, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

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By Holly Claytor

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is a striking story about an ambitious young lawyer named Dannie who has the entirety of her next five years mapped out in her mind. She has just interviewed for her dream job and accepted a marriage proposal from her long-time boyfriend. Everything is falling perfectly into place. But after Dannie experiences an astonishingly vivid vision where she awakens in a different apartment next to a different man, she begins to question the life she's so carefully planned out. Although Dannie spends only one hour in this version of her future, it's an hour of her life that is never able to shake.


Fast forward four and a half years: Dannie once again meets the mysterious man from her vision. But what could this mean for her current fiancé? And more importantly, what does this mean for her best friend, who is dating this mystery man?

Read and discuss In Five Years by Rebecca Serle all month long! Get reading group guide via the official book page.

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By Holly Claytor

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson is a breathtaking novel based on Mary Lumpkin, a real life "yellow wife," in an often overlooked narrative of our country's history. This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Pheby Delores Brown, the daughter of an estate's medicine woman, has been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but after a series of unfortunate events unfolds, she is stripped on the idyllic life she imagined. Pheby is forced away from the only home she has ever know, and tragically finds herself at Devil's Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer's cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.


Read and discuss Yellow Wife by author Sadeqa Johnson all month long! Get reading group guide via the official book page.

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By Holly Claytor

Susie Yang's book, White Ivy, is a stunning debut novel filled with surprising twists and a nuanced exploration of class and race. A young woman's crush on a privileged former classmate becomes a story of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience as it hurtles to its electrifying ending.

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